NASTT No-Dig Show 2017

On 9-13 April 2017, the North American Society for Trenchless Technology (NASTT) hosted its annual No-Dig Show in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the ISTT’s International No-Dig 2017.

The two events were held side-by-side at the beautiful Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Centre in National Harbour.

The ISTT kicked off its presence at the international show by hosting its annual general meeting on Sunday 9 April. A good number of Affiliated Societies were in attendance to discuss a range of topics including locations for upcoming conferences, applications for the ISTT’s new grant program, and the announcement of Peter Smeallie as the new ISTT Executive Director.

In addition to these discussions, the meeting saw the election of new members to the ISTT Executive sub-Committee (ESC), the presentation of reports from attending Affiliated Societies, and a detailed explanation of ISTT policy and procedures from the society’s Chairman, Enrico Boi.

New members elected to the ISTT’s ESC were the ASTT’s Trevor Gosatti, and the NASTT’s Kimberlie Staheli.

At the same time as the ISTT board meeting, activities for the NASTT No-Dig Show were ramping up with exhibitors bumping in and a number of regional chapters hosting their annual meetings. Sunday afternoon wrapped up with an NASTT student dinner and the Young Professionals Sunday Social.

The impressive six-track conference program for the event ran Monday 10 April – Wednesday 12 April. With speakers from across the globe, the program demonstrated the NASTT’s strong focus on education and training. Sessions were well attended and feedback on presentations was fantastic.

Special events during the week included the Kick-Off Breakfast and 16th Annual Educational Fund Auction, both hosted on Monday 10 April, and NASTT Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Tuesday 11 April, and the Closing Luncheon on Wednesday 12 April.

The Educational Fund Auction was particularly memorable, with a number of key NASTT staff and industry personalities attending the event in costumes to the match the ‘superhero’ theme. The NASTT’s Executive Director Mike Willmets attended the evening in a full custom costume, dressed as ‘NASTT Man’.

Following the close of the exhibition and the conference program, the NASTT ran a number of Trenchless Technology training courses on Wednesday 12 April and Thursday 13 April. The courses covered a number of topics, including: pipe bursting, sewer laterals, cured-in-place pipe, and horizontal directional drilling.

The 2017 edition of the NASTT’s No-Dig Show, which ran in conjunction with the ISTT’s International No-Dig 2017, was a well-attended event that received excellent feedback from all attendees. It was a record-breaking year for the NASTT, demonstrating the growth and promise of both the society and the North American industry.

Want to participate in the NASTT’s 2018 No-Dig Show?

Planning is already underway for the NASTT’s next No-Dig Show, which will be held on 25-29 March 2018 in Palm Springs, California, US. The NASTT is currently seeking abstract submissions for the conference program. For further information, visit the No-Dig Show website.

Did you get snapped at the NASTT No-Dig Show in Washington D.C.?

Your photo has been uploaded to the Trenchless International gallery and is available to be viewed online. The Trenchless International team was at NASTT’s No-Dig Show in full force, attending conference sessions, hosting a stand at the trade exhibition, and dropping in on a number of social functions.

This article was featured in the Summer edition of Trenchless International. To view the magazine on your PC, Mac, tablet, or mobile device, click here.

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